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A Folded Path

Circumstance

A Folded Path

Circumstance

Circumstance was established in 2010 in Bristol and it’s current directors are Tom Abba, Sarah Anderson and Duncan Speakman. 

They make intimate in-ear stories, mass participation performances, pedestrian symphonies, and books that go beyond the page.

Their work is often cinematic, but almost never involves film.

They work with the narrative of experience, the politics of public space, sound and mobile technology.

They wrap their questions up in melancholy and romance.

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Alice Webb

BBC

Alice Webb

BBC

Alice Webb is the Director, BBC Children’s, responsible for the UK’s two most popular networks for our youngest audiences, CBeebies and CBBC.

Formerly, Chief Operating Officer (COO), BBC England, Alice was responsible for overseeing all aspects of technology, people, workspace, migration and future ways of working across the BBC sites in Salford, Bristol and Birmingham. Recently she also led a comprehensive review of BBC training which will see the BBC Academy move to a new base in Birmingham later this year; she oversaw the BBC’s end-to-end production capability; and she devised a digital season in Salford for more than 1,000 staff which is now being rolled out across the corporation.

Alice joined the BBC a decade ago from PA Consulting Group where she worked with organisations including Orange, The Cabinet Office, Reuters and Deutsche Bank.  In her first BBC role with Vision Productions (in-house television producers making everything from Strictly Come Dancing to EastEnders) Alice played a central role in reshaping how the world’s biggest programme making operation went about its business.

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Basma El Husseiny

Action for Hope

Basma El Husseiny

Action for Hope

Basma El Husseiny is a cultural manager and an activist who has been involved in supporting independent cultural projects and organisations in the Arab region
for the past 20 years.

Basma is a UNESCO expert in cultural governance and was previously the Media, Arts & Culture Program Officer for the Ford Foundation in the Middle East and North Africa, and the Arts Manager of the British Council in Egypt. Basma is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Cultural Policy and Management, Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey and she is also the Egypt representative of the Arterial Network, Africa’s largest cultural network, and a member of Arterial’s Cultural Policy Task Team.

Basma El Husseiny was until September 2014 the founder and managing director of Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy), a regional non-profit organization that aims at supporting young artists and writers, and stimulating cultural exchange within the Arab region and with the world. She has also co-founded, and was a founding trustee of the Arab Fund for Arts & Culture, an independent regional foundation.

Basma is currently working on establishing Action for Hope, a new organisation that seeks to provide cultural relief to communities in crisis, with a focus on refugees and impoverished communities.

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Bertie Cole

Arcadia

Bertie Cole

Arcadia

Bertie Cole is Technical Director of Arcadia.  Before founding Arcadia with Pip Rush Jansen,Bertie spent 5 years working for Kayam, providing spaces for everything from the MTV Awards to Shakespearian theatre, in cities as diverse as Istanbul and New York. In 2008, alongside Pip Rush Jansen he worked on the Electric Picnic festival in Ireland on a new late night area called ‘The Next Stage’. 

Arcadia was born in a cowshed in Dorset in 2008. They have been at festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival, T in the Park, Electric Picnic and Boomtown Fair. Having toured as far afield as Australia, Arcadia now have a new, permanent home at Glastonbury Festival following the 2013 festival that saw 55,000 people gathered at the Spider and being awarded the ‘Live Production of the Year’ category at the TPI Awards.

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Clare Reddington

Watershed

Clare Reddington

Watershed

Clare Reddington is the Creative Director of Watershed, home of No Boundaries and an arts centre with an unrivalled reputation for cultural cinema, talent development and cross-disciplinary innovation. She returns this year as one of No Boundaries’ Bristol hosts. 

Clare joined Watershed in 2004 and leads the Pervasive Media Studio, engagement and cinema teams, working with industry, academic and creative partners to support talent and champion new ideas. In 2012, she coined the term Playable City and launched an international annual award for projects which put people and play at the heart of the future city. There are currently Playable City projects in Austin, Lagos and Tokyo and an international network is in development. 

A long time ago, Clare was a finalist in the British Council’s UK Young Interactive Entrepreneur 2009 and featured in Wired magazine’s 100 people who shape the Wired world. More recently she has acted as Executive Producer of REACT hub and become a Visiting Professor at University of the West of England. Clare is available for breakfast television presenting and testing cake. 

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Dave Moutrey

HOME

Dave Moutrey

HOME

Dave Moutrey is Director and Chief Executive of HOME. He oversaw the successful merger of Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company to form HOME, and delivered the move to HOME’s £25 million purpose-built venue which opened in May 2015.

Throughout his career, Dave has been involved in the leadership, management and marketing of arts organisations. He played a leading role in establishing the Cinema Arts Network, a national network of cross artform venues; spent eight years as Chief Executive of Arts About Manchester (now The Audience Agency); worked for two years as Marketing Director for City of Drama; and managed Abraham Moss Theatre for six years. Dave is also a qualified drama teacher and was until recently a practising artist and theatre producer, with experience of over 30 community productions with Greater Manchester-based groups.

Dave is a Fellow for the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts

 

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David Lockwood

BikeShed Theatre

David Lockwood

BikeShed Theatre

David trained as an actor and director, before returning to Exeter in 2010 to open the Bike Shed Theatre with Fin Irwin. The venue, in two adjacent cellars in the centre of the city, produces and presents new work whilst its cocktail bar supports the running costs of the organisation. In 2015, the Bike Shed joined Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. David is currently undertaking a Clore Leadership Fellowship.

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David Sproxton

Aardman

David Sproxton

Aardman

David Sproxton is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Aardman. Together with co-founder Peter Lord, he has overseen the development of the company from a two-man partnership to one of the pre-eminent animation houses in the industry. David has served as a producer, director or cinematographer on a number of animated projects at Aardman.

David is the chair of Encounters Festivals (Bristol’s celebration of the Short film) and a board member of At-Bristol and the National Film and Television School. He also represents the creative industries sector on the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.

David and co-founder Peter Lord were awarded CBEs in the Queen’s 2006 Birthday Honours list.

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Emma Morsi

Journalist, Producer, Curator

Emma Morsi

Journalist, Producer, Curator

Emma Morsi is currently juggling post-student lifestyle, taking on invaluable opportunities withinYoung Arnolfini and Salaam Shalom Charity Youth Council, producing her digital magazine Nocturnal and working freelance as a photographer, journalist and curator.

Particularly interested in everything, Emma loves to take on new endeavours and has recently published the third issue of Nocturnal. By being part of Young Arnolfini Emma has worked with international artists and co-lead creative workshops for the Arts Council. She is currently part of the Situations and Rising Arts Agency’s Situations Rising collaboration as a digital storyteller for the upcoming Theaster Gates Sanctum project.

For the second year in the row Emma is covering No Boundaries 2015 as Watershed’s Young Journalist. She was part of the Creative Talent Lab in Bristol and has since written for Watershed in a freelance capacity. Emma had gone on to take part in the shortlisting of the Playable City 2014 Award as well as a speaker for the Making the City Playable 2014 conference.

Other roles have seen her styling and photographing for leading independent Bristol-based brands Shop Dutty Ltd and Seven 7 and co-curating the phenomenal National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition at M Shed.

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Ian Hargreaves

Cardiff University

Ian Hargreaves

Cardiff University

Ian Hargreaves is Professor of Digital Economy at Cardiff University.  As author of a major review of intellectual property law in 2011 and co-author of Nesta’s Manifesto for the Creative Economy (2013) he is a leading voice in discussions about the creative economy of the UK and Europe. He recently led a major research project on creative citizenship; a book, The Creative Citizen Unbound, is due out next year.  He is a Co-Director of REACT, the Bristol-based knowledge exchange hub.  Prior to taking up his current academic role in 2010, Ian’s career was mostly in journalism. He was Deputy Editor of the FT, Editor of the Independent, Editor of the New Statesman and Director of BBC News and Current Affairs.  He serves on a number of boards, including National Theatre Wales, the Alacrity Foundation and Centre Forum.

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Jackie Kay

Poet and Novelist

Jackie Kay

Poet and Novelist

Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland. THE ADOPTION PAPERS (Bloodaxe) won the Forward Prize, a Saltire prize and a Scottish Arts Council Prize. FIERE, her most recent collection of poems was shortlisted for the COSTA award. Her novel TRUMPET won the Guardian Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the IMPAC award. RED DUST ROAD (Picador) won the Scottish Book of the Year Award, and the LONDON BOOK AWARD. It was shortlisted for the JR ACKERLEY prize. She was awarded an MBE in 2006, and made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002. Her book of stories WISH I WAS HERE won the Decibel British Book Award.

She also writes for children and her book RED CHERRY RED (Bloomsbury) won the CLYPE award. She has written extensively for stage and television. Her most recent plays MANCHESTER LINES (produced by Manchester Library Theatre) and THE NEW MAW BROON MONOLOGUES (produced by Glasgay) were a great success. Her most recent book is a collection of stories, REALITY, REALITY. She is currently working on her new novel, BYSTANDER. She is Chancellor of the University of Salford and Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.

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Jacqui O’Hanlon

Royal Shakespeare Company  

Jacqui O’Hanlon

Royal Shakespeare Company  

Jacqui was appointed Director of Education of the RSC in 2008. She is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the education department. Prior to working at the RSC Jacqui was a freelance theatre practitioner and actor working in a variety of arts organisations as well as primary and secondary schools across the country. She established the Learning and Performance Network, the RSC’s long term partnership programme with schools and theatres nationally as well as its Schools’ Broadcast series. She also developed and edited the RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for Teachers, which has been distributed to every state-maintainted primary and secondary school in England and brings the work of RSC rehearsal rooms to life in classrooms around the country.

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Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell Company

Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell Company

Jennifer Bell (M.A. Cantab) is a director-composer, specialising in unaccompanied singing. Her compositions have bold narratives that give voice to the unsung struggles of everyday life. Inspired by true stories, testimonials or verbatim text from interviews, she uses song and performance as a form of biography and social commentary.

She and her company have staged concerts at Bristol Proms, RWA, and as part of Mayfest. Her show BREAD & BUTTER has developed into an ongoing arts integration initiative for businesses. She regularly collaborates with other artists as a composer or conductor, to place choral music in unusual locations like working offices, gyms or in the woods. She has worked with all manner of singing voices; from women in prison, to lawyers, to children.

She is currently working in partnership with Westminster, experimenting with compositional pastiche of political discourse and representation, and creating portraits of Parliamentary staff and Parliamentarians, which will be performed as a song tour throughout the Houses of Parliament in November 2015. As a performer, she sings or conducts with a variety of different companies, including her ongoing work in France with Compagnie ON/OFF in ‘SMS: Chante Moi Une Chanson’.

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Jo Verrent

Unlimited

Jo Verrent

Unlimited

Jo believes that ‘different’ is delicious not divergent.

She works in arts & culture at strategic levels with national agencies and on the ground with organisations/individuals embedding the belief that diversity adds texture, turning policy into real action.

Jo is currently senior producer for the three year Unlimited Commissions programme (working with Shape and Arts Admin) for disabled artists and companies and has recently delivered: SHORT CIRCUIT, fusing disabled artistry and digital acumen; PUSH ME, film making for The Space focusing on Unlimited artists within the 2012 Cultural Olympiad; and SYNC, examining the interplay between disability and leadership in the cultural sector in partnership with Sarah Pickthall. Take Me To Bed, part of her own artistic practice (with Luke Pell) is currently touring and won ‘best work’ in festival at LightMoves, Limerick in 2014.

Jo has won both Cosmopolitan’s woman of achievement award and her village’s cup for making jam.

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John Dyer

Credibility

John Dyer

Credibility

John Dyer is the Director of Credibility, a consultancy specialising in leading edge diversity and inclusion, conflict resolution, emotional intelligence and unconscious bias testing, business and management skills training and consultancy services.

He is a highly experienced and well-respected diversity professional who has won National Training Awards on two occasions and was four-time nominee for National Diversity Awards.

John has worked at all levels in a range of organisation including; ITV, ITN, Channel 4 news, Astra Zeneca, the Arts Council, Young Vic, Bristol Old Vic, the Prince’s Trust, Huddersfield, Liverpool, Salford and Manchester Universities, Metropolitan Housing Trust and the Royal Exchange theatre.

John has written articles on diversity and innovation for a number of national magazines and the Manchester Evening news.

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John Knell

Cultural Policy Consultant

John Knell

Cultural Policy Consultant

John Knell is a strategy consultant who works widely across the private, public and third sectors, and he has an international reputation as a cultural policy analyst. His main focus is on developing the ‘Culture Counts’ digital platform to support the use of the quality metrics that have been co-produced with the cultural sector in the UK and Australia.  He is Chair of Sound and Music.

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Julia Farrington

Index on Censorship

Julia Farrington

Index on Censorship

Julia Farrington is associate art producer for Index on Censorship, associate of Vivarta and head of campaigns and events for Belarus Free Theatre. She has recently produced a series of information packs on laws that impact on what is sayable in the arts in UK in partnership with Index and Vivarta, and has written case studies of contested art works to illustrate the packs. She is currently working on Belarus Free Theatre’s 10th anniversary celebrations in London this Autumn and continues her work looking into legal boundaries and policing of artistic expression.

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Kully Thiarai

Cast

Kully Thiarai

Cast

Kully is an experienced Theatre Director and Executive Director of Cast, a new £22 million performance venue in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.  Having opened in September 2013, Cast is a people’s theatre and a cultural living room for the town that is a place for performance, participation and conversation.

Always interested in the new and curious about the world Kully has created a diverse range of work that spans communities, cultures and performance styles. She has directed large-scale epics, new plays and made work in non-theatre spaces.

Kully is a Clore Theatre Fellow, an RSA Fellow, a Trustee of Manchester International Festival and Chair of  Z-arts, Manchester.

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Marcus Romer

Pilot Theatre

Marcus Romer

Pilot Theatre

Marcus is the Artistic Director of Pilot Theatre – the National Touring Arts Council NPO based in York.

Most recently he adapted and co-directed the feature film ‘The Knife That Killed Me’ for Universal Pictures which was released in April 2015.

He created the opening event for the IIFA Bollywood Oscars at Sheffield Arena for a live audience of 15,000, and a TV audience of 500 million. 

He first attend the TED conference in California back in 2007 and subsequently has returned for several conferences. He set up set up the ‘Shift Happens’ Conferences. He ran TEDxYork and has co-curated No Boundaries since 2014. 

He has pioneered livestreaming and webcasting with Pilot since 2008 and currently leads the TheatreLivestream.TV project. Pilot are the leading company on Platform Shift+ an EU network of 10 countries focusing on emerging technologies and the Arts.

He was part of the bid team which won the designation for York of the first UNESCO City of Media Arts in the UK. He is a published playwright and his work has been translated and performed all across Europe.

Marcus is a regular speaker and presenter on the use of digital technology in the Arts.

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Maria Balshaw

Whitworth Art Gallery

Maria Balshaw

Whitworth Art Gallery

Maria Balshaw is Director of the Whitworth Art Gallery, part of the University of Manchester, and the Manchester City Galleries. As Director of these 2 major institutions, holding internationally important collections of fine and decorative art of more than 80,000 objects, she is responsible for the artistic and strategic vision for each gallery.

An academic by training she has worked as a Director within the cultural sector for the past 10 years. Alongside her role as Director of Manchester City Galleries and the Whitworth Art Gallery Maria has recently taken on the role of Strategic Lead for Culture for Manchester City Council.

In April 2014 the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport appointed Maria Balshaw as a board member of Arts Council England. The appointment is for a term of 4 years, from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2018

Maria was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the arts in June 2015.

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Mary Lou Aleskie

International Festival of Arts & ideas

Mary Lou Aleskie

International Festival of Arts & ideas

Executive Director of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut, since September 2005, Mary Lou Aleskie has provided leadership at the helm of numerous international organisations and projects as an executive producer and presenter in support of landmark premieres as well as masterworks of the performing arts. During her tenure, the Festival has been recognised among the top arts presenters in the nation by the National Endowment for the Arts and has grown its audience in record numbers. The hallmark of the festival under her leadership has been the deepening of local community roots while expanding the profile of the festival internationally. The marriage of local and international engagement has resulted in distinctive programming connecting critically acclaimed performances with insightful dialogue. Recognition of the Festival as a major cultural tourism destination and proven driver of economic impact for the region has placed the International Festival of Arts & Ideas firmly among the world’s most well respected cultural festivals.

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Moira Sinclair

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Moira Sinclair

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Moira Sinclair is Chief Executive of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, an independent grant maker that aims to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. PHF has a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts. Previously, as Executive Director for Arts Council England, she oversaw a portfolio of 322 funded cultural organisations and contributed to national policy development with a particular focus on the resilience and sustainability of the cultural sector and workforce development. She played a key role in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and continues to support its legacy at home and internationally. Before joining Arts Council in 2005, Moira was Director of Vital Arts. She has also worked in local government, and in theatre and production management. A graduate of Manchester University where she studied drama, Moira became a Clore Fellow in 2004/05. She is Chair of East London Dance and Vice Chair of Look Ahead Care and Support.

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Munuve Mutisya

Akamba Peace Museum, Kenya

Munuve Mutisya

Akamba Peace Museum, Kenya

Munuve Mutisya, is curator and founder of the Akamba Peace Museum , an organisation founded in 2002 that works to preserve and promote African cultural, spiritual and artistic customs. The main theme in Mutisya’s work is the promotion of reconciliation in post-conflict Kenya through the Arts.

Munuve is also Project Manager of Kenya Youth for Peace Project, part of the Community Peace Museums Heritage Foundation (CPMHF). He holds a BA in Sustainable Human Development, and is a historian and consultant on Akamba Culture.

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Nadia Latif

Theatre Director

Nadia Latif

Theatre Director

Nadia is a theatre director working almost exclusively in new writing.

Her credits include: Homegrown (NYT), but i cd only whisper,
The Ballad of Crazy Paola
 (Arcola), Even Stillness Breathes Softly
Against A Brick Wall
 (Soho), Carrot (Latitude), Slaves, Coalition, Wild
Horses
 (Theatre503).

Nadia is currently directing “Octagon” by Kristiana Colon – a play about the freedom of artistic expression – at the Arcola Theatre.

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Natalia Kaliada

Belarus Free Theatre

Natalia Kaliada

Belarus Free Theatre

Natalia Kaliada is the founding Co-Artistic Director of the Belarus Free Theatre as well as a writer, human rights campaigner and producer and is one of the most outspoken critics of Belarus’s repressive regime. She is also the co-creator, together with Nicolai Khalezin and Vladimir Shcherban, of Fortinbras, the only free theatre laboratory in Belarus where BFT work on their theatre method “Universal Artist”.

Natalia Kaliada has been detained, arrested without access to counsel and threatened with rape for her participation in peaceful rallies that were called “subversive” activities and “unstable elements” by the Belarusian authorities. After the tragic events in Belarus in 2010, she and her husband were smuggled out of Belarus and now live in exile in London.

 

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Nick Cohen

Political Commentator

Nick Cohen

Political Commentator

Nick Cohen is a journalist, author and political commentator. He is a columnist for The Observer, a blogger for The Spectator and commentator for Standpoint magazine. He has written for the London Evening Standard and the New Statesman. His books include: What’s Left?: How Liberals Lost Their Way; Waiting for the Etonians: Reports from the Sickbed of Liberal England; and You Can’t Read This Book: Censorship in an Age of Freedom.

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Patrick Walker

Rightster

Patrick Walker

Rightster

Patrick Walker is CEO of Rightster. He has over 20 years of experience in the media industry. He began his career as a TV producer for Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK, and then for BBC News a Senior Broadcast Journalist across Asia. In 2006 he began working on Google’s video strategy. In 2013 Patrick joined UK-based Multi-Channel Network (MCN) Base79 as its Chief Content Officer and following Base79’s acquisition by Rightster in July 2014, Patrick joined Rightster’s Executive Team as Chief Commercial Officer. In January 2015 Patrick was announced as Rightster’s Chief Executive Officer and will be appointed to the Board of the Company in due course.

Rightster was founded in May 2011 with the vision of enabling media businesses and brands to overcome the huge fragmentation in the online video market with a single technology platform for engaging audiences and transacting with optimal efficiency.

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Pip Rush Jansen

Arcadia

Pip Rush Jansen

Arcadia

Pip Rush Jansen is Creative Director of Arcadia. Before founding Arcadia withBertie Cole, Pip was honing his sculptural skills alongside his brother, Joe Rush. Pip helped create late night landscapes at festivals as diverse as Glastonbury and Japan’s Fujirockers where abstract organics and positive recycling became a central focus of his artistic vision.  In 2008, alongsideBertie Cole he worked on the Electric Picnic festival in Ireland on a new late night area called ‘The Next Stage’. 

Arcadia was born in a cowshed in Dorset in 2008. They have been at festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival, T in the Park, Electric Picnic and Boomtown Fair. Having toured as far afield as Australia, Arcadia now have a new, permanent home at Glastonbury Festival following the 2013 festival that saw 55,000 people gathered at the Spider and being awarded the ‘Live Production of the Year’ category at the TPI Awards.

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Reece Williams

Contact Theatre

Reece Williams

Contact Theatre

Reece is a poet, arts practitioner, mentor, producer and facilitator from Manchester. For many years he has been at the forefront of Manchester’s young poetry scene being an integral member of Young Identity and Inna Voice as well as working extensively for various organisations across the North West including Contact, Commonword, CAN and Cartwheel Arts. Reece also works as a Peer Mentor for Contact Theatre/Battersea Arts Centre project The Agency and sits on the Board of Trustees at Contact as a young board member.

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Rosemary Davis

Contact Theatre

Rosemary Davis

Contact Theatre

Rosemary is a fashion practitioner who runs a sewing course for young people in her local area. Beginning as a participant in the Contact Theatre/Battersea Arts Centre project The Agency, Rosemary was awarded funding to deliver her project, from there she has secured additional support from organisations such as V Inspired to continue her unique and inspirational work.

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Russell Willis Taylor

Russell Willis Taylor

Russell Willis Taylor is at present on a gap year from her role as President and CEO of National Arts Strategies. Russell has extensive senior experience in strategic business planning, financial analysis and planning, and all areas of operational management. Educated in England and America, she served as director of development for the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art before returning to England in 1984 at the invitation of the English National Opera (ENO) to establish the Company’s first fund-raising department. During this time, she also lectured extensively at graduate programs of arts and business management throughout Britain. From 1997 to 2001, she rejoined the ENO as executive director.

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Sam Colt

Odgers Berndtson

Sam Colt

Odgers Berndtson

Sam Colt heads the Arts, Culture and Heritage Practice at Odgers Berndtson and has focused on senior executive and board recruitment across the not-for-profit sector since she joined the firm in 2007.

She has worked with many leading arts, cultural and heritage institutions large and small including English Heritage, Arts Council England, V&A, Somerset House, Natural History Museum, Leeds Castle, Sage Gateshead, National Museums Wales and Cheltenham Festivals. Sam’s background encompasses the public and private sectors. She joined Odgers from a leading specialist media and entertainment search firm where she developed the digital media practice and establishing an arts practice. Previously she ran her own digital media search business.

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Sarah Perks

HOME

Sarah Perks

HOME

Sarah Perks is Artistic Director: Visual Art at HOME, Manchester, and Professor of Visual Art at Manchester School of Art, MMU. Sarah is a curator, producer and academic with significant experience of international contemporary visual art, independent film and engagement. A specialist in artist long form film (setting up Cornerhouse Artist Film in 2011), performance and participatory art, Sarah has worked extensively with international established artists including Phil Collins, Jeremy Deller, Stanya Kahn, Rosa Barba, Rashid Rana, Clifford Owens, Jamie Shovlin and David Shrigley.

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Seb Chan

Cooper Hewitt Museum

Seb Chan

Cooper Hewitt Museum

Seb Chan is the soon-to-start Chief Experience Officer at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image where he will be responsible for a holistic, multi-channel, design strategy for the institution. Until August, he was Director of Digital & Emerging Media, at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. There he was responsible for the museum’s recent digital renewal and its transformation into an interactive, playful new museum reopened after a long process of rebuilding and reimagining.  Prior to relocating to New York, he was Head of Digital, Social & Emerging Technologies at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney where he led teams responsible for the Powerhouse’s pioneering work throughout the ’00s in open access, mass collaboration, web metrics and digital engagement, as well as large scale Australian cross-agency projects.  He also led a parallel life in electronic art and music organising and curating festivals, international touring, and was founding editor-in-chief for a long running music magazine.

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Shanaí Newman

Presenter, Producer & Facilitator

Shanaí Newman

Presenter, Producer & Facilitator

Shanaí has always been passionate about the arts, and is experienced in performing arts and creating content. In 2012 Shanaí was a 1st Production Management Assistant Apprentice, working on Bargain Hunt and Springwatch in 2012. Shanaí is a storyteller; she loves to tell stories and evoke emotions through acting, music videos and shorts. Since working at the Creative Talent Lab in the Watershed in February 2014, Shanaí has produced a promotional video for an artist in Los Angeles to enhance his status within the UK. Shanaí was one of Rife magazine’s founding in-house Young Journalists and currently freelances as a facilitator and editor. Shanaí juggles all of this with being a full time mum and co-presenter on Ujima Radio 98fm.

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Simon Walker

Canvas

Simon Walker

Canvas

Simon Walker is Managing Director of Canvas. He is an accomplished media innovator with 20 years’ experience in the digital and creative industries. As leader of the global strategy and business development functions at the BBC, EMI Music and EMAP plc, Simon has been at the heart of the media industry’s transformation to digital since the mid 1990s. Through his incubator, Maidthorn Partners, Simon now works at the intersection of the creative industries and technology. In recent years, Maidthorn has developed a number of successful digital media businesses, including Love Home Swap and Rightster. Simon created Canvas in partnership with Rightster and is Managing Director.

Canvas will be the home of the arts on YouTube. Canvas is both a showcase channel for online arts video and a network of channels from Canvas’s partners, the finest and most innovative artists and arts organisations in the country.

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Splash & Ripple

Splash & Ripple

Splash & Ripple are ‘Architects of Extraordinary Adventures.’ Their mission is to make beautiful, genuinely moving experiences that put the participants at the centre of the action. These experiences are intensified through being set in the real world where normality is suspended.

 To do this they use a potent mix of tools – theatre, gaming, and digital technology – to create embodied storytelling experiences. You might find yourself in incredible situations like escaping prison, overthrowing authority or travelling through time. You’re given agency through clever use of tech and game mechanics, and because you live the experience it affects you deeply. Putting you in a place where anything is possible, where it’s safe to play with new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving.

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Stuart Nolan

Performer and Research Magician

Stuart Nolan

Performer and Research Magician

Stuart Nolan is a performer and research magician working with Illusion Design and The Mindreading Web. His Mindreading Robotics, IdeoBird and OuijaBird, developed as Magician in Residence at Pervasive Media Studio and The University of Bristol, were featured in the BBC Click Christmas Special, The Guardian, and US Wired’s Connectivity 2.0. He later developed Robomancy (Fortune Telling Robotics) as part of the Being There project (being-there.org).

A former NESTA Fellow in Applied Magic with a background in cell biology, interactive media, and experience design, he combines traditional disciplines of deception – conjuring, psychological and physiological illusion, memory feats, hypnosis, sideshow tradition – with bespoke technology and original research into how we are deceived by language, physical gesture, and technology. 

Stuart performs internationally and is currently touring his latest work, Season of Sleeps, which premiered at the 2015 Venice Biennale. He once deceived over 700 organisations just to prove a point.

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Sugata Mitra

Newcastle University

Sugata Mitra

Newcastle University

Sugata Mitra is Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, UK.

He was given the $1m TED Prize in 2013 in recognition of his work and to help build a School in the Cloud, a creative online space where children from all over the world can gather to answer ‘big questions’, share knowledge and benefit from help and guidance from online educators.

The School in the Cloud brings together Self Organised Learning Environments (SOLEs) to link in with the Granny Cloud, originally set up in 2009 following an appeal for retired teachers willing to offer a few hours a week to help teach English to Indian schoolchildren. This mentoring and encouraging role is still a vital part of the success of this educational approach today.

 

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Susanna Eastburn

Sound and Music

Susanna Eastburn

Sound and Music

Susanna Eastburn took up the role of Chief Executive of Sound and Music in September 2012. This is the latest senior appointment in a varied career that has included being Director, Music at Arts Council England from 2008-2012 and Executive Director of LIFT – London International Festival of Theatre between 2005-2008. Her background and particular interest is in new music and in supporting composers at different times in their career. Her first job was in music publishing, working as International Promotions Manager at Music Sales Ltd with a number of leading composers including Judith Weir, Kaija Saariaho and Esa-Pekka Salonen. At the age of 32 she was appointed as Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, a role she fulfilled between 2000-2004, when she was selected to be a Youth Music Fellow on the inaugural year of the Clore Leadership Programme, an initiative to identify and develop leadership in the cultural sector.

In September 2013 she was elected to be President of the International Association of Music Information Centres. She is on the Board of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and a Trustee of Trinity College London, as well as being a member of The Queen’s Medal for Music Committee. She is a keen chamber musician and plays the viola.

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The Money

Kaleider

The Money

Kaleider

Based in Exeter Kaleider is a studio that brings people together to design, produce and promote extraordinary live experiences.

The Money is their critically acclaimed piece of game theatre. Become a Benefactor by donating as much as you can. Work with other Benefactors to decide what to spend the group’s money on. You have two hours to come to a decision. No rules. If you don’t decide unanimously in the allotted time you relinquish your privilege to spend the money and the money rolls over to the next group of Benefactors.

If you’re the quiet observing type you can become a Silent Witness and watch as the group of Benefactors attempt to decide how to spend the money they’ve donated. And if you want to voice your opinion you can always become a Benefactor and buy your way in.

Spend the money on whatever you want. Be as creative as you like. Just keep within the law.

Twitter: @kaleider

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Vasif Kortun

SALT, Istanbul

Vasif Kortun

SALT, Istanbul

Vasıf Kortun is the Director of Research and Programs at SALT, an İstanbul-based cultural institution that cultivates innovative programs for research and experimental thinking. A curator and writer, Kortun lectures on contemporary art, cultural institutions and exhibition practices at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano (NABA) and İstanbul Bilgi University.

Kortun is a member of the Executive Board of International Committee of ICOM for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM) for the 2010-2016 term.

Kortun was the founding director of Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, İstanbul, which he initiated in 2001. He was also the founding director of Proje 4L, İstanbul Museum of Contemporary Art between 2001 and 2003. From 1994 to1997, he worked as the founding director of the Museum of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and received the 9th annual award for Curatorial Excellence from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College in 2006.

 

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Wang Xingquan

Shanghai Academy of Social Science

Wang Xingquan

Shanghai Academy of Social Science

Professor Wang Xingquan is director of Research Center on Knowledge Management of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, China. He got his PhD. on management in University of Paris I of France, and was visiting professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies of Korea.His research covers creative city and internet studies. He is author of more than 30 research papers in these fields. He published and coordinated four books, including “metropolis of design: global dynamic and Shanghai strategy”. He supervised more than 20 decision support projects related to film, design and digital contents sectors in Shanghai, creative precincts, ranking of creative cities and smart cities.